fabricate

verb
fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-bri-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

1a : invent, create
b : to make up for the purpose of deception accused of fabricating evidence
2 : construct, manufacture specifically : to construct from diverse and usually standardized parts Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic parts.

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Other Words from fabricate

fabricator \ ˈfa-​bri-​ˌkā-​tər How to pronounce fabricator (audio) \ noun

Examples of fabricate in a Sentence

Only the largest parts were fabricated at the factory. Their plan is to fabricate the house out of synthetic materials. a story fabricated to sell magazines She was accused of fabricating data.
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Park uses square organic rye loaves from Boston’s beloved Iggy’s artisanal bakery and had custom metal dies fabricated to shape square patties that fit the bread perfectly. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "America’s unique burger styles, and where to try them," 4 July 2018 Her son’s adviser had asked him about his status as a track and field athlete, which was fabricated to facilitate his admission, according to federal charges unsealed Tuesday. Brian Costa, WSJ, "At USC, Admissions Cheating Scandal Runs Deeper," 13 Mar. 2019 The report, an Aviation Week & Space Technology exclusive, states that the U.S. government plans to begin fabricating parts for new ground launched cruise missiles after the INF Treaty officially expires in August. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Pentagon Prepares to Build Banned Missiles as Treaty Expires," 11 Mar. 2019 But the new coin was met with skepticism after a New York Times investigation uncovered that one of Centra’s chief executives had been fabricated. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled charged for illegally touting crypto offerings," 29 Nov. 2018 While the stats are impressive, the amazing part of this is how the material is fabricated. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "New material could up efficiency of concentrated solar power," 19 Oct. 2018 Police determined her story about the kidnapping and person at large was fabricated. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Prescott woman, arrested in murder, fabricated kidnapping story, police say," 22 June 2018 He and his wife, Thamara Caleño, were arrested on weapons charges that his legal team says were fabricated. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Confusion swirls around Venezuelan prison revolt where US. citizen is detained," 17 May 2018 Throughout the experiments, the poll numbers were fabricated for purposes of experimental control. Benjamin Toff, Washington Post, "How worried are you about an impending trade war? That might depend on what your fellow party members think," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of fabricate

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fabricate

Middle English fabricaten, borrowed from Latin fabricātus, past participle of fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct," derivative of fabrica "process of making something, craft, art" — more at fabric

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fabricate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fabricate

: to make or build (something)
: to create or make up (something, such as a story) in order to trick people

fabricate

verb
fab·​ri·​cate | \ ˈfa-brə-ˌkāt How to pronounce fabricate (audio) \
fabricated; fabricating

Legal Definition of fabricate

transitive verb

: to make up (as testimony) with an intent to deceive

intransitive verb

: to make something up with an intent to deceive there was a motive to fabricate— Gary Taylor

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